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Stacey Coolidge’s Fancy-Smancy Cursive Handwriting

September 3, 2009

This morning was a whirlwind of activity, as it was the first day of school for my oldest, who is now officially a second grader!

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Next week her younger sister will be off to pre-school. For now though, it seems awfully quite with just one kid in the house!

I decided to review Stacey Coolidge’s Fancy-Smancy Cursive Handwriting today in honor of all those elementary school kids who are going back or have gone back to school.  

Stacey Coolidge's Fancy Smancy Cursive Handwriting (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) (The Adventures of Everyday ... (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses)Stacey Coolidge’s Fancy-Smancy Cursive Handwriting by Barbara Esham is the story of Carolyn, a little girl who has just entered second grade. She is confident in many of her abilities, especially shooting baskets, riding a skateboard and almost printing her name inside the lines on notebook paper. But when it comes to learning about cursive handwriting, Carolyn can’t seem to get it right. She knows that if she completes her cursive handwriting work early, she can play with the class guinea pig. Soon Carolyn becomes overwhelmed and jealous of classmate Stacey Coolidge, who seems to have cursive handwriting down pat.

What Carolyn will soon learn is that practice makes perfect and that being a good writer has more to do than perfect cursive handwriting. As her teacher Mrs. Thompson explains “Ideas, thoughts and feelings are the most important parts of what we write. Without the important parts, we just have a bunch of slants and curves.”

While at Book Expo America, I came upon a booth which highlighted a series of children’s books called The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses. Along with this book, there are three other books in the series written by Barbara Esham that you can read about on their website. I was excited to be able to bring home a copy of Stacey Coolidge as my daughter will be learning cursive handwriting this year.

Stacey Coolidge’s Fancy-Smancy Cursive Handwriting is a book that we have read and enjoyed throughout the summer. It is a cute, easy to follow story with relatible characters who struggle to learn new things at school. The book tries to teach children not to get stressed out while trying to learn new things and gives them alternative ways of learning. As the author points out on her website, the books help children understand that “smart” comes in many different forms and that we all excel in different ways.

With very nice illustrations by Mike and Carl Gordon and a delightful story, Stacey Coolidge’s Fancy-Smancy Cursive Handwriting is a winner.

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  1. September 3, 2009 12:26 pm

    Oh she looks so cute in her polo and plaid skirt! See, this is when I miss having a little girl!

    This looks like a great series! Do kids really learn to write cursive in second grade? My son just started learning last year. Anyway, I’ll be sure to check this series out tonight when I head out on my weekly trip to the bookstore!

  2. September 3, 2009 12:26 pm

    Happy first day of school! I love the saddle shoes – brings back memories!

    I hope preschool goes well next week … enjoy the quiet time!

    Yes, and thanks for the review; I think my second-grader will enjoy this one.

  3. Angelia Sims permalink
    September 3, 2009 12:52 pm

    What a cute blog and beautiful daughter! My boyfriend has a 3 and 5 yr old. I will be sure and get some great book ideas from you as they grow into reading. :-)

  4. September 3, 2009 2:50 pm

    Oh my goodness, she looks so cute!!! Her dress is adorable and I LOVE her shoes. I always wanted a pair like that.

    Good luck next week with preschool!

  5. September 3, 2009 3:23 pm

    Your daughter is adorable! The book sounds like fun and I love the title!

  6. September 3, 2009 3:28 pm

    My daughter is in 1st this year. Yours looks adorable in her new threads.

    I love your new header! This is the first time I am seeing it.

  7. September 3, 2009 3:35 pm

    Those were the days! She is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, and you can just see how excited she is. I’d be excited too if I had an outfit that cool!

  8. September 3, 2009 4:16 pm

    Lovely, sweet , cute and lucky! She has a great woman as her mother! BTW, I have nominated your wonderful blog for a Zombie Chicken Award…visit my site for details!

  9. September 3, 2009 4:42 pm

    Plaid skirt and saddle shoes – what could go better with fall?!! Makes me wish I could go to school too!

    I love the illustration for the book – it looks very cute, and that series sounds very good – I have to look for it!

    • lindsey permalink
      May 16, 2011 2:17 pm

      i think that they do teach “scribble writing” in second grade.or first but i am not so sure.

  10. September 3, 2009 5:57 pm

    My little girl calls cursive writing “scribble writing” because she can’t figure out what the letters are, and thinks I’m writing some kind of secret code! Do they even teach cursive in school anymore? I thought it had been phased out, which makes me kind of sad.

  11. September 3, 2009 7:55 pm

    Oh she’s so cute!

    This one sounds good for my girl. She’s very excited about learning cursive this year.

  12. September 3, 2009 8:43 pm

    Your daughter is beautiful!

    This book looks and sounds marvelous. Thanks for your review.

    • lindsey permalink
      May 16, 2011 2:18 pm

      that book looks auesome! i bet when i have a daughter that is the first thing that she will ever read

  13. September 3, 2009 10:30 pm

    That looks like such a fun book!!! Your daughter looks so cute!!

  14. September 4, 2009 5:42 am

    Hi Stephanie, your daughter looks lovely! :-)

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  15. September 4, 2009 2:35 pm

    She looks so pretty! I hope she had a fabulous first week of school!

  16. September 4, 2009 5:07 pm

    What a beautiful daughter and what a wonderful blog!

    I’ve given you an award. Please collect the Honest Award by visiting my blog.

    Congrats, and keep writing wonderful posts with lovely pics.

  17. September 7, 2009 2:48 am

    Your daughter is so cute, Stephanie! Love the threads…she looks so preppy! Hope she enjoyed her first week of second grade.

    That book looks and sounds really good. I like the message it gives kids to not stress out when they’re learning new things and aren’t very good at it.

  18. lindsey permalink
    May 16, 2011 2:12 pm

    i hope that your daughter did have a great first day.

  19. lindsey permalink
    May 16, 2011 2:15 pm

    i love your daughters cute skirt and shirt!.but i dont like her shoes and does she have a uni bro and really thin eyebrows.but her face is ohh so adorable.

  20. May 21, 2012 8:11 am

    Your daughter is adorable! The book sounds like fun and I love the title!

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